Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: North East Corner of Victoria Park, Regina
Lunches in Victoria Park are more interesting in the summer! The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild is proud to present the 8th annual Words in the Park program. This program provides the downtown lunch crowd a chance to experience an eclectic mix of authors and storytellers, between 12 pm and 1 pm, in the north-east corner of Victoria Park. The authors represent a variety of genres including: playwrights, children’s authors, poets, spoken word, and non-fiction. Whether they are just emerging or already established, a mix of authors from across Saskatchewan will be on hand each Wednesday to read selections of their work. The Regina Public Library offers an alternative venue in the Film Theatre of their Central Branch, in case of inclement weather. See the performers for our upcoming Words in the Park event below.
Anne McDonald’s latest book, Miss Confederation: The Diary of Mercy Anne Coles, is the chronicle of a young unmarried woman’s experiences in the social whirlwind of Confederation (June 2017 with Dundurn Press). Anne is an award-winning author whose novel, To the Edge of the Sea won the Saskatchewan First Book Award. Her work has appeared in literary journals, Canada’s History, at the 2016 Spring Festival of New Plays, and on CBC Radio. Anne teaches improvisation, and creative writing. She lives in Regina.
Ken Mitchell, a founding member of the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, has written professionally since 1970, when his first play, Heroes, was produced in England. Since then he has published six novels, over 20 stage plays, several film scripts, and performed readings internationally, notably in England, Scotland, China, Finland, Iran, and Cuba. His play Gone The Burning Sun won the Canadian Authors’ Association award (1984) for Best Canadian Play. Ken was inducted into the Order of Canada (1999) and the Saskatchewan Order of Merit (2001) for his work “as a literary ambassador,” and named Distinguished Professor (2000), and Doctor of Letters (2014) by the University of Regina, where he taught for 37 years. More recently he has performed on the cowboy poetry circuit, and has performed singly with musicians, storytellers and even a barbershop chorus as theatrical partners. His outdoor drama Spirits of the Trail, about the historic meeting of Major James Walsh and Sitting Bull, has been in development since 1970, when it was broadcast on CBC Radio; it has appeared since then in various forms and media, most recently as a featured summer production with the RCMP Heritage Centre, Regina.
We will also be joined by Wayne "Slim" Mitchell.